July 6, 2019 Subject:
Grateful: Parts I & Ii
First Review of Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial
Reviewed July 2, 2015 (Date of experience: June 2015)
Our visit to the Draguignan WW II Cemetery was a highlight from our recent trip to Southern France. The tour given by the curator on duty was beyond our expectation. It not only fulfilled an appreciation of those who sacrificed their lives but also added a thorough understanding of the Allies invasion strategy during this phase of the war.
However, what struck us the most were the details of the personal lives of those interred, as shared by the curator at selected grave sites and in particular, the Unknown Soldier grave site. As a 32 year U.S. Army veteran, I left the cemetery impressed again by the French citizen's gratefulness for the sacrifices of those who served and those who died in defense of their country.
Second Review of Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial Reviewed July 6, 2019
With friends, I returned 4 years laterto the American National Cemetery at Draguignan and my memory from our last tour of this beautiful treasure continues to add and enrich the honor that we pay to our military who made the supreme sacrifice… Our Tour Director on this occasion was Superintendent, Dwight (Andy) Anderson whose comments at the outset of the tour profoundly affected me that I kept thinking about what he said and thought it would have interest to share with everyone who comes faithfully to visit this and other sites throughout Europe, the United States and elsewhere...
Dwight (Andy) Anderson – Superintendent Draguignan National Cemetery Quoted on 20 Jun 2019
“We come to these sites to honor the sacrifice of those who died for our freedom. We will continue to do so as long as we enjoy that freedom. If we ever lose it then and only then will we be forced to stop honoring them”